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Vintage Art Deco Necklace 14k Gold Carved Crl Enamel Khoi Fish 1930's (6505)

Vintage Art Deco Necklace 14k Gold Carved Crl Enamel Khoi Fish 1930's (6505)

Regular price $1,750.00 USD
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Vintage Art Deco necklace. 14k gold, carved coral and enamel. Made circa 1930's.

Measurements: approximately 16 1/4 inches (47.5cm) long. Central drop is 1 3/8 inch long (34mm). Weighs 9.5 grams.

Description : During the Art Deco period, 1925-1930's, there was tremendous interest in Asian themes, not least Chinese and Japanese carved coral. Many old examples of Chinese carved coral were incorporated in Art Deco jewelry. This necklace consists of a gold chain with long rectangular links alternating with small round links. Coral beads and enamelled flowers lead to a carved coral flower that in turn suspends another enamel flower and finally a stunning carved goldfish / khoi. Swirling openwork symbols overlap and run at various angles over one another, giving a strong sense of a fish moving in water. The carving is very beautiful. The coral a salmon color.

Marks: The jump loop of the chain is marked 14k.

Condition: Good with negligible wear commensurate with age. Please see enlarged pictures and don't hesitate to ask questions which we will do our best to answer.

THE STORY: Fish are highly symbolic in many cultures. They are seen as harbingers of good fortune as well as having various other attributes, all desireable and associated with beauty. Khoi fish in Japan can bring hundreds of thousands of dollars to this day. Coral is another source of well being and protection against negative forces. The combination of fish and coral is very powerful. On top of that, we have the aesthetic beauty of this necklace, which plays to the fine sensibilities of culture and Classicism. The wearer would be expressing not only her refined taste, but knowledge of deeper, symbolic meanings.
Please remember that coral is now a highly endangered species and natural coral like this is increasingly rare.
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